Beginning Monday February 11, 2019 and ending Friday March 29, 2019, the City of Gary is offering an amnesty period to allow individuals and businesses to get an active General Business License and have any associated penalty fees waived.

To qualify for the General Business License Amnesty Program, the following requirements must be met between February 11, 2019 and March 29, 2019:

  • Businesses that have been previously licensed, but whose license has expired, simply pay principal business license fees without penalty.
  • If previously unlicensed, a departmental approval process must be completed to comply with the City’s requirements to license a new business. Please visit the Zoning and Building Department in City Hall (Room 307) to begin this process. After departmental approval, all principal business license fees must be paid.

Please note, any penalties that have been paid prior to February 11, 2019 cannot be considered for inclusion in the Amnesty Program, and will not be eligible for a refund.

On Monday April 1, 2019, the City will resume charging any associated penalties on business license transactions. The City will also begin actively canvassing to identify unlicensed businesses and all principal and penalty fees will be charged.

The amnesty program is designed to provide a business-friendly way to encourage individuals and businesses to be in compliance with business tax rules, while helping the City fund its essential services.

For more information about General Business Licenses, please visit the City of Gary Zoning and Building Department, Room 307 located in City Hall (401 Broadway), or contact Millie Glenn at 219-881-1377 or

Business hours are Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m.

General Business License Resources and Further Information

General Business License Form – New Business or Change of Address/Ownership

General Business License Form – Annual Renewal

General Business License Ordinance

General Business License FAQs